It's one of the best seasons in memory for skating on smooth, snow-free ice. This is Lake Minnetonka north of Excelsior.

Hundreds of skaters try out Lake Minnetonka's unusually smooth ice

Scarce snow and unseasonable warmth have made for ideal conditions.
West Metro
January 16

Pickup driver making U-turn west of Chaska is fatally hit by semi

The crash temporarily had traffic blocked along Hwy. 212.
West Metro
January 15
Cristina Prodan, Joseph Porter

Man gets 20-year sentence after admitting to killing Edina girlfriend, burning body in New Orleans

With credit for time in jail, Joseph Porter will serve 13-plus years in prison and the balance of the nearly 21-year term on supervised release.
West Metro
January 15
Starting this summer and lasting through 2021, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will carry out three projects simultaneously between Maple G

3 years of construction coming to I-94 between Maple Grove, Clearwater

A trio of projects will affect more than 110,000 vehicles each day until 2021.
West Metro
January 12
The new car wash, shown here in a rendering, is expected to open later this year.

Rain, recycled water will be used to wash cars at New Hope business

It's among a growing number of local projects focused on water reuse.
South Metro
January 12

Metro police blotter, Jan. 13

ANDOVER DEC. 20 Burglary. Gifts were stolen from under a Christmas tree at a home in the 16500 block of Wintergreen Street NW. Entry…
West Metro
January 11
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek’s last day in office is Friday after 12 years serving the state’s largest county.

Defeated Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek hints at possible run at his old job

Hennepin lawman says he has no regrets about his loss in November.
West Metro
January 11
Target Field in the shadow of the Minneapolis skyline during the 2014 All-Star Game.

Twins hire Rogers police chief, law enforcement veteran to lead security operations

Much of Jeffrey Beahan's work will involve outreach, informing the community about safety measures.
West Metro
January 11

Study will look at controlling invasive plants in Lake Minnetonka

Milfoil harvesting in Lake Minnetonka will likely be suspended during study.
West Metro
January 10

Minnetonka city clerk to become Minnesota's next state elections director

David Maeda helped roll out state's first electronic poll books in Minnetonka.
West Metro
January 10

Serial burglar suspected in more than 100 cases faces new charges

Brian S. Williams made his initial court appearance Thursday after being charged with third-degree burglary.
State + Local
January 10
The Southdale Courthouse closes for good on Feb. 1.

Hennepin County to relocate Southdale misdemeanor, traffic court cases elsewhere

The Edina location will close for good starting Feb. 1 as the building is slated to be razed.
West Metro
January 9

Minnetonka police warn of thieves targeting unlocked vehicles

Police will sent extra patrols to the area southeast of County Road 101 and Lake Street Extension
West Metro
January 9
Patricia Langer has three grand pianos in her home: one in her living room that her students use for performances, and two in a downstairs studio.

Edina piano teacher offers lessons in music and life

Patricia Langer of Edina, a piano teacher since 1969, helps her students achieve at the highest level.
South Metro
January 9
A regional system provides enough dependable, clean water to farm shrimp in landlocked Luverne, Minn.

Dec. 27: With spigot open, southwestern Minnesota towns flourish

No longer just a pipe dream, far-sighted water system set up parched towns for growth.
West Metro
January 8
New Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson checked out the Hennepin County Jail with his director of communications Jeremy Zoss.

New Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson hits ground running on first full day

Wherever he stopped during the day, Dave Hutchinson repeated his campaign promise to be "a sheriff that truly represents all residents."
West Metro
January 8

Arson suspected in fire at Chaska picnic pavilion

The fire destroyed a picnic pavilion on Lake Grace that was not in use.
West Metro
January 7
Top, David Hutchinson was sworn in as Hennepin County Sheriff and then received his new pin from his father. Bottom left, Commissioner Angela Conley t

Ceremony marks a first for Hennepin County: 'This seat belongs to the people who look like me'

A new sheriff is in town for Hennepin County, while the first commissioners of color took office.
West Metro
January 7
The entrance to Mall of America's new wing.

Tax break for poor areas boosts Mall of America district

Zones meant to help the poorest neighborhoods.
South Metro
January 7
Layla Jackson

Authorities ID 17-month-old Minneapolis girl killed from head, neck injuries

A 18-month-old Minneapolis girl who died from head and neck injuries last summer in Scott County has been identified. Layla Mary Ann Jackson, of Minneapolis,…
Variety
January 6
Andy Gibbons and Deb Meyer illustrate their feelings about winning $1 million.

Deer hunter bags a million bucks for wife with Minnesota Lottery raffle purchase

The second $1 million payout in the annual drawing went to a man from Ely.